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  • 1. The Evolution of Lasers in Dentistry: Ruby to YSGG By James Jesse, DDS Sandip Desai, DDS and Patrick Oshita, DDS 4 Continuing Dental Education Units
  • 2. The Evolution of Ruby Lasers in Dentistry to YSGG By James Jesse, DDS, Sandip Desai, DDS, and Patrick Oshita, DDS An amazing transformation Fig. 1. Indications for use for the YSGG laser. Hard • Class I, II, III, IV and V cavity preparation is occurring in dentistry with a technology breakthrough that Tissue • Caries removal • Hard tissue surface roughening and etching provides dentists with the capability to perform a wide range • Enameloplasty, excavation of pits and fissures for placement of sealants of clinical procedures with improved patient outcomes, less trauma, reduced post-op complications and in most cases Root Canal • Tooth preparation to obtain access to a root canal • Root canal preparation including enlargement with no need for injections. Plus, this new technology greatly • Root canal debridement and cleaning • Pulpotomy as an adjunct to root canal therapy expands the scope of procedures a dentist can offer their Endo • Flap preparation – incision of soft tissue to prepare a flap and patients. Surgery expose the bone • Cutting bone to prepare a window access to the apex (apices) of the root(s) Dentists are now successfully integrating Er,Cr:YSGG laser • Apicoectomy – amputation of the root end technology (Waterlase® YSGG laser, BIOLASE Technology, • Root end preparation for retrofill amalgam or composite • Removal of pathological tissues (i.e., cysts, neoplasm or abscess) Inc.) into practice with the broadest indications for use of any and hyperplastic tissues (i.e., granulation tissue) from around the apex. (NOTE: Any tissue growth (i.e., cyst, neoplasm or other lesions) must be other laser in medicine or dentistry. Lasers, which have long submitted to a qualified laboratory for histopathological evaluation) been the standard of care in ophthalmology, dermatology Bone • Cutting, shaving, contouring and resection of oral osseous tissues • Osteoplasty and osseous recontouring (removal of bone to correct and plastic surgery are typically a single wavelength laser osseous defects and create physiologic osseous contours) • Ostectomy (resection of bone to restore bony architecture, purchased for a specific application. For example, an excimer resection of bone for grafting, etc.) laser for refractive surgery, argon for retinal surgery, and a • Osseous crown lengthening Soft Tissue • Incision, excision, vaporization, ablation and coagulation of oral soft Q-switch Nd:YAG for capsulotomies, a Q-switched ruby for tissues, including: excisional and incisional biopsies tattoo removal, diode for hair removal, and an Er:YAG for skin • Exposure of unerupted teeth • Fibroma removal resurfacing. Even so, these medical professionals recognize • Flap preparation – incision of soft tissue to prepare a flap and expose the bone these lasers still provide excellent return on investment and • Frenectomy and frenotomy • Gingival troughing for crown impressions superior clinical results for new, unique procedures specific to • Gingival troughing for crown impressions • Gingivectomy or gingivoplasty lasers. • Gingival incision and excision • Hemostasis While lasers have been involved in dentistry for more • Implant recovery • Incision and drainage of abscesses than 20 years, until recently, no single laser had been cleared • Leukoplakia • Operculectomy for and is capable for use on all oral tissues, including hard • Oral papillectomies • Pulpotomy tissue, soft tissue, endo, perio, and bone. That all changed • Pulp extirpation with the introduction of the YSGG laser. This laser was the first • Reduction of gingival hypertrophy • Soft tissue crown lengthening to obtain marketing clearances for use on all oral tissues, and • Treatment of canker sores, herpetic and aphthous ulcers of the oral mucosa it has emerged as the pinnacle of the dental laser revolution. • Vestibuloplasty Dentists now have access to a single instrument that can Perio • Sulcular debridement (removal of diseased or inflamed soft tissue in the periodontal pocket to improve clinical indices including be utilized in all areas of their clinical practice, and provide gingival index, gingival bleeding index, probe depth, attachment new opportunities for increased ROI and improved patient loss and tooth mobility) • Flap preparation -- incision of soft tissue to prepare a flap and care. According to Deidrich and Bushick in the February expose unerupted teeth (hard and soft tissue impactions) • Full thickness flap 2004 edition of the Journal of the American Dental Association, • Partial thickness flap • Split thickness flap the advent of the YSGG laser is the “most important recent • Removal of granulation tissue from bony defects • Laser soft tissue curettage of the post-extraction tooth sockets and development in laser dentistry.” the periapical area during apical surgery
  • 3. The Evolution of Lasers in Dentistry: Ruby to YSGG 2 Terminology and Concepts in Laser Dentistry Before exploring the evolution of dental lasers, it is important to understand several terms and concepts when discussing laser dentistry. Lasers are usually named for the “active medium” that is charged with energy inside the laser unit to create laser light. For example, the YSGG laser receives its name from the elements that compose the crystal medium inside the laser system – yttrium, scandium, gallium and garnet, doped with erbium and Fig. 2. Electromagnetic Spectrum. Lasers have certain properties based on their position in the electromagnetic chromium. When the crystal is pumped wave spectrum. The YSGG laser emits a wavelength of 2,780 nanometers, in the mid-infrared spectrum. with energy, a specific, monochromatic wavelength of light is emitted from the crystal and transferred to the target tissue through a delivery system. In the case of the YSGG laser, the wavelength delivered from the laser through a fiber optic cable is 2,780 nanometers. Other lasers, such as the Nd:YAG lasers operate at 1,064 nanometers, CO2 lasers at 10,600 nanometers, Erbium:YAG at 2,940 nanometers, and so on (Fig. 2 – Electromagnetic Spectrum). Another key concept is that different lasers react with tissue in different ways. Depending on their “absorption coefficient,” laser light has properties that cause it to interact and absorb differently with target tissue. For Fig. 3. Absorption Coefficient Table. The YSGG laser is near the peak absorption in water, which allows it to example, the laser light from a diode effectively cut enamel, dentin, hydroxyapatite and bone. Despite their proximity on the scale, the Er,Cr:YSGG and Er:YAG are separated by more than 300% on the scale. laser is most effectively absorbed in The present report addresses a brief history of dental lasers, and the evolution of darker pigment and melanin, which these systems from the first ruby laser to the YSGG laser. This report also addresses the makes it an ideal tool for use in cutting wide array of clinical applications (Fig. 1) using the YSGG laser, including hard tissue, and coagulating soft tissue. The YSGG soft tissue, endo, perio, and bone, as well as new applications that continue to shape laser is well absorbed in water and an emerging standard of preventive and minimally invasive care in dentistry. hydroxyapatite (Fig. 3 - Absorption Coefficient Table), which makes it an Although lasers have not yet replaced conventional instrumentation in all excellent tool for cutting enamel, dentin, applications, this report of the clinical uses of the YSGG laser clearly demonstrates that bone, and soft tissue. no other instrument in dentistry has the versatility and clinical utility of this device.
  • 4. 3 The Evolution of Lasers in Dentistry: Ruby to YSGG A Brief History of Lasers The Dental Laser Revolution Ignites The first laser was developed by Theodore H. Maiman. Using a theory The search for a laser system with originally postulated by Einstein, broader applications in dentistry led Dr. Maiman created a device where a Terry Meyers and his brother William, crystal medium was stimulated by an ophthalmologist, to select the Nd: Figure 4. The YSGG laser uses a patented combination of laser energy, energy, and radiant, laser light was YAG laser for experiments on the water, and air to ablate enamel, dentin, bone, and soft tissue. emitted from the crystal. This first laser removal of incipient caries (Meyers, was a Ruby laser. One year later, Snitzer Meyers, 1985). Soon after, they began released the neodymium laser (Nd: developing the first true dental laser YAG). All of the early dental research system, which according to textbooks focused on the Ruby laser, and the Nd: and published literature, sparked the YAG laser was largely ignored during dental laser revolution. Their product, the early years. Experiments by Stern the D-Lase 300, led to the founding and Sognnaes found that the Ruby of American Dental Laser (acquired laser was not an effective wavelength by BIOLASE Technology, Inc. in 2003), for cutting enamel and dentin. the creation of several dental laser Additional work by Stern suggested associations, and the first widespread Figure 5. The YSGG laser is cleared for cavity preps Class I-V (Class III a possible role for lasers in caries exposure of lasers to dentistry. In May pictured) as well as caries removal, prevention, but overall, hard tissue 1991, the FDA granted a marketing enameloplasty, and pits and fissures. applications for the Ruby laser were clearance to American Dental Laser for not promising. soft tissue uses. Awareness was surging forward, and there were several major Research then focused on soft research projects underway using newer tissue, where several of the early wavelengths in the experimental cutting lasers proved to be successful. The of enamel and dentin. argon, carbon dioxide, and Nd:YAG laser proved effective for cutting and coagulating soft tissue. The first Evolving Technology reported oral surgical application using Following American Dental Laser, a Figure 6a. The high-speed drill a C02 laser occurred in 1977 (Lenz, et al, number of other companies, including leaves a smear layer of debris on the surface of the treated tooth (5000x 1977). Because of the thermal nature Luxar, HGM, Excel and BIOLASE offered magnification, photo courtesy of Loma Linda University.) of these soft-tissue lasers, injections Nd:YAG, CO2, and argon lasers for use were required in most cases. In in soft tissue. In 1988 in Europe and January 1987, the first FDA clearance 1989 in the United States, BIOLASE filed for a C02 laser used in oral surgery patents for the novel use of lasers with paved the way for the acceptance and water in dentistry. The company began viability of using lasers in the oral cavity development of a laser device exclusively in a clinical environment. The stage for this purpose. was set for a new round of research In May 1997, Premier Laser obtained and investigations into lasers for the first marketing clearance from the broader applications such as cutting U.S. FDA to cut enamel and dentin in Figure 6b. After treatment with the enamel, dentin, and bone. YSGG laser, there is no smear layer adults using an Er:YAG laser, a device and the dentinal tubules are open, which improves bonding. (5000x readily available in dermatology and magnification, photo courtesy of Loma Linda University).
  • 5. The Evolution of Lasers in Dentistry: Ruby to YSGG 4 plastic surgery. Later, other companies, advanced new implant therapies including OpusDent, Hoya ConBio, Kavo, including sinus augmentation and bone Deka and Fotona adapted the Er:YAG grafting, gingival tissue resurfacing, and technology as well, making additional even low-level laser therapy applications strides for laser use in dentistry. using the YSGG laser. In 1998, after more than ten years Fig. 7. A lingual frenectomy completed Clinical Applications and of research and investigation, BIOLASE with the YSGG laser (case courtesy of Dr. Chris Walinski, Fall River, Mass.) Descriptions obtained a marketing clearance for cutting hard tissue in adults using an all-new laser Because of its broad versatility, designed by the company exclusively for Deidrich and Bushick reported in the use in dentistry. February 2004 issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association that the BIOLASE’s first YSGG laser, called the YSGG laser finally “makes the economics “Millennium,” used a patented combination of providing laser therapy more feasible.” of YSGG laser energy, water and air to For this report, the clinical applications of safely and effectively ablate enamel and the YSGG laser will be reviewed in finer dentin in adults. The YSGG laser was then detail in essentially the same order in cleared for use on patients of all ages, which the indications were cleared by Fig. 8. The YSGG laser is also effective and the company began selling the laser for trimming gingival tissue. (Case the U.S. FDA. courtesy of Dr. Michael Koceja.) worldwide. Researchers at BIOLASE had also Cutting Hard Tissue worked on soft tissue with the YSGG laser. (Enamel and Dentin) With the water spray minimized or turned The YSGG laser was cleared for Class off, the laser could effectively cut and I, II, III, IV, and V cavity preps, as well as coagulate soft tissue with more control, caries removal in adults (Fig. 5) in 1999, and in many cases, much faster. By 2000, with a similar clearance for children greatly expanded FDA clearances for soft soon thereafter (1999). Since then, tissue indications had been obtained by published reports have demonstrated BIOLASE, and clinicians were able to work the laser’s ability to reduce and even Figure 8. While most dentists refer across both hard and soft tissue. conditions such as fibroma to an oral eliminate the smear layer associated surgeon, the YSGG laser allows quick, bloodless removal of lesions for biopsy. Also in 2000, BIOLASE released its with traditional rotary instruments (Fig. second YSGG laser, the “Waterlase,” (Fig. 6a and Fig. 6b), which can improve 4). The company quickly obtained a surface adhesion and bond strength series of ground-breaking marketing for restorations (Gutknecht, Apel, et. al, clearances from the FDA for complete laser 2001). Also, because the laser reacts at endodontics (2002), apicoectomy (2002), a cellular level and helps to prohibit the cutting and shaving oral osseous tissues pain response (Tuner and Hodes, 2002), (2003), as well as the most complete list of most hard tissue procedures can be procedures related to periodontal therapy, completed without the aid of injected including laser curettage and osseous anesthetic. The YSGG laser also allows crown lengthening (2004). the precise treatment of pits and fissures Figure 9. The YSGG laser was the on the occlusal surfaces of molars, which first cleared for all stages of endo Research also continues for future therapy, including accessing the canal, has aided in the growing discipline of pulpotomy (pictured), and cleaning, indications, including crown and veneer shaping and debriding the canal. “micro” and “minimally invasive” dentistry preparations, orthodontic applications,
  • 6. 5 The Evolution of Lasers in Dentistry: Ruby to YSGG (Rosenberg 2003). Bone Surgery and Osseous Crown Lengthening Soft Tissue The YSGG laser was also the first Soon after obtaining the first cleared for bone, including cutting, hard-tissue clearances for the YSGG shaving, contouring and resecting oral laser, BIOLASE obtained a collection of osseous tissues (February 2002). The Figure 11. The coronal third of a root clearances related to soft tissue (July laser was later cleared for osteoplasty, canal after treatment with the Profile 2001), including sulcular debridement. rotary system. (5000x mag). (Photo ostectomy, and osseous recontouring to courtesy of Loma Linda University). The YSGG laser demonstrated the correct defects and create physiologic capability to atraumatically treat soft osseous contours necessary for ideal tissue with little to no bleeding, little clinical results. In 2003, the YSGG laser was edema, and positive post-operative the first laser device cleared for osseous results. The YSGG laser was the first crown lengthening to achieve biologic hard-tissue laser cleared for soft width (Fig. 14), which can be completed tissue indications such as treatment without laying a flap, suturing, or damage of aphthous ulcers, herpetic lesions, to the bone (Wang, 2002). The ease of use and leukoplakia. In addition, the of the YSGG system provides the dentist laser was cleared for oral surgical with a strong ROI by performing most of applications such as frenectomy (Fig. 7), Figure 12. The coronal third of a root their own osseous crown lengthening canal after treatment with manual K gingivectomy (Fig. 8), fibroma removal procedures, which is important in an era files (5000x mag). (Photo courtesy of Loma Linda University.) (Fig. 9), and bloodless troughing around fueled by prime time “extreme” dental a prep prior to taking an impression. makeovers, and growing demand for aesthetic dentistry. Root Canal With hard tissue and soft tissue Apicoectomy procedures cleared by the FDA, research Other advanced endodontic and development turned to other applications include the YSGG’s ground- disciplines where lasers had already breaking clearance for apicoectomy showed some potential for disinfection, (2003), which, for the first time, allowed a sterilization, and other benefits. The Figure 13. The coronal third of a canal clinician to use a single instrument for all treated with the YSGG laser. Note the YSGG laser was the first laser cleared for major steps of an apicoectomy procedure, absence of smear layer in the canal (5000x mag). (Photo courtesy of Loma root canal, including tooth preparation including flap preparation, cutting bone, Linda University.) to obtain access to the canal, root amputating the root tip, removing preparation, and canal enlargement and pathological tissue and hyperplastic tissue cleaning (Fig. 10). The same benefits from around the site, and preparing the that are evident when cutting enamel site for retrofill amalgam or composite (Fig. and dentin were also available when 15). the YSGG laser was used in the canal. The smear layer was eleiminated and Periodontal Procedures debris were dramatically reduced, and the dentinal tubules remained free The YSGG laser is the first and only and clear, which may aid in improved laser cleared for the major indications in Figure 14. The YSGG laser can be used for closed flap crown lengthening, where obturation and sealing of the canal (Fig. laser periodontal therapy. While other the laser uses low amounts of energy to shave and contour osseous tissue to 11, 12, 13). lasers such as the diode laser and Nd:YAG achieve biologic width. (Case courtesy of Dr. David Eshom, La Jolla, California.)
  • 7. The Evolution of Lasers in Dentistry: Ruby to YSGG 6 laser are cleared for soft tissue applications Benefits of the YSGG Laser to related to perio, none have been cleared the Patient and Practice for cutting oral osseous tissues, a core component of any periodontal program. The benefits of a versatile instrument The YSGG laser was recently cleared by the such as the YSGG laser are clearly evident. FDA for a wide array of indications related The fact that a single instrument has been Figure 15. The YSGG laser is cleared to cleared for hard tissue, soft tissue, and bone, perform apicoectomy, including flap to periodontal health, including laser elevation, accessing the diseased apex, curettage, sulcular debridement (Fig. 16), as well as correlating therapies for root canal, and excising the infected tissue. (Case courtesy of Dr. David Browdy, Long ostectomy, osteotomy (Fig. 17), soft tissue oral surgery, and perio, makes it applicable to Island, New York.) flap elevation, removal of pathological nearly every aspect of practicing dentistry. tissues from bony sockets, and many other The dramatic reduction of pain in important clinical applications. most cases reduces the need for injected anesthesia and frees up chair time for a busy Innovations and Future practice (Shulkin, 1991), and can generate Applications increased word-of-mouth referrals among Researchers continue to explore your patients. According to various reports, new applications for the YSGG Laser. For 100 million patients fear a visit to the dentist example, Dr. Mark Colonna published the because of fear of the drill and the needle. Figure 16. The YSGG laser can be used for laser curettage and sulcular first-ever laser-only crown preps in late The ADA recently reported that at least 82% debridement, as part of a complete laser periodontal program. 2002 (Fig. 18), and research continues with of patients think it “somewhat important, BIOLASE to perfect the technique. In regard important, or very important,” that a dental to implant therapy and applications, one of office have a dental laser, which allows a the first YSGG laser users in the world, Dr. practice to offer a different type of dentistry. Robert Miller, has created ground-breaking The laser dramatically reduces the need techniques to treat failing and ailing to apply a high-speed drill to the tooth implants (Miller 2002), and Dr. Norberto surface for any reason; however, it has yet to Berna of Italy created the first system for completely replace the drill because a laser placing implants in a single visit (Berna cannot effectively cut reflective surfaces such 2003). Dr. Berna’s research has spawned as metal and porcelain. Still, the fact that a Figure 17. The YSGG laser is used in hybrid techniques that have appeared in procedures involving the harvesting single instrument can remove bulk amounts and grafting of bone tissue. (Case the U.S. Dr. Sascha Jovanovic, a renowned of enamel, dentin and decay, then cut soft courtesy of Dr. David Rhoden, Waco, Texas.) lecturer and researcher from UCLA, tissue around the site, return to removing completed the first sinus augmentation enamel, and then etch the surface in the using the YSGG laser in North America time it typically takes for anesthetic to take in early 2003. In regard to low-level laser effect – it hearkens to an exciting new era of therapy and “soft” laser applications, Drs. efficient, minimally invasive laser dentistry. Arun and Rita Darbar of England, and Dr. Jon Karna of California have led the way Lasers can no longer be considered a in the research for “soft” laser therapy and niche tool for only the most cutting-edge photobiomodulation. Finally, Professor Paul dentists. The YSGG laser has practical, viable Bradley of Nova Southeastern University applications across a wide clinical spectrum: Fig. 18. The YSGG laser is even being is currently studying the analgesic and hard tissue, soft tissue, bone, endo and perio. used for crown and veneer prepara- tions. (Case courtesy of Dr. Mark anesthetic effects of the YSGG laser. Colonna, Whitefish, Montana.)
  • 8. 7 The Evolution of Lasers in Dentistry: Ruby to YSGG Summary and Conclusions Bibliography Berna N. Erbium,chromium:YSGG laser use in single-stage implant placement. A laser dentist was recently overheard at a trade Proceedings, World Clinical Laser Institute, Nice, France, October 15-17, 2002. meeting speaking to a skeptical colleague about laser Chen WH. Laser root canal therapy. J Indiana Dent Assoc, 2003-2003 Winter; Vol. dentistry. He said, “the genie is out of the bottle, and it’s 81 (4), pp. 20-3. Chen WH. YSGG laser root canal therapy. Dent Today 2002 May; 21 (5), pp. 74-7. not going back anytime soon.” Backed by more than Colonna M. Crown and veneer preparations using the erbium,chromium:YSGG 25 years of research, development and investigation by laser. Contemp Esthet Restor Pract, 2002 Nov. Diedrich D, Bushick R. Lasers in dentistry: separating science from hype. 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  • 10. 9 The Evolution of Lasers in Dentistry: Ruby to YSGG 1. Lasers have been used in the dental professional for surgery procedure with a laser in a clinical environment? more than how many years? a. 1997 a. 5 b. 1987 b. 10 c. 1977 c. 15 d. 1967 d. 20* 10. Was anesthetic generally required when using early 2. True or False. There is a laser that may be used across all lasers for soft tissue applications? types of tissue, including enamel, dentin, soft tissue, and a. Yes bone. b. No a. True* b. False 11. What year did the FDA first clear lasers for use in the oral cavity? 3. Which wavelength is able to work across all oral tissue a. 1997 types? b. 1987* a. Diode c. 1977 b. C02 d. 1967 c. Er,Cr:YSGG* d. None of the above 12. Dr. Terry Meyers founded what laser company? a. Premier 4. How are lasers typically named or classified? b. American Dental Laser a. Named after the medium that is charged with c. Coherent, Inc. energy to create a specific type of laser light* d. Cynosure, Inc. b. Named after the company that markets the laser. c. Named after their inventor. 13. In 1997, what company obtained the first marketing d. Named after the university that conducts the pre- clearance for cutting enamel and dentin in adults? market research. a. BIOLASE b. American Dental Laser 5. How does the YSGG laser operate? c. Premier Laser* a. Specific, pulsed amounts of energy are pumped d. Ivoclar into a crystal and transferred to the tissue through a fiber-optic delivery system.* 14. What was the name of the first YSGG laser cleared for b. A semiconductor emits pulsed energy that cutting hard tissue in adults? transforms itself into laser light. a. Millennium* c. Gas is compressed in a chamber and released as b. Centurion energy. c. Spartan d. None of the above. d. Maxlite 6. True or False. Diode lasers are excellent tools for use in 15. What year was the Waterlase second-generation YSGG cutting and coagulating soft tissue. laser released? a. True.* a. 1998 b. False. b. 1999 c. 2000* 7. What was the name of the first laser researched for d. 2001 dental laser applications? a. Emerald laser 16. The YSGG laser has FDA marketing clearances for b. Diamond laser which procedures? c. Ruby laser* a. Root canals d. Platinum laser b. Osseous crown lengthening c. Laser curettage 8. Was the first laser successful in trials for cutting hard d. All of the above tissue? a. Yes 17. The statement that the YSGG laser finally “makes the b. No* economics of providing laser therapy more feasible” was published in which medical/dental journal? 9. What year did Lenz perform the first recorded oral a. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine
  • 11. The Evolution of Lasers in Dentistry: Ruby to YSGG 10 b. Journal of the American Dental Association c. Fibroma removal c. Journal of Endodontics d. All of the above* d. Dental Products Report 26. Can the YSGG laser be used to amputate an infected 18. The YSGG laser is approved for what types of cavity root tip during an apicoectomy procedure? preps? a. Yes* a. Class I-V* b. No b. Class I and V only c. Class II, III and IV only 27. The YSGG laser was recently cleared by the FDA for d. None of the above which perio procedures? a. Laser curettage 19. What year was the YSGG laser approved for cavity b. Sulcular debridement preps in children? c. Removal of pathological tissues from a bony socket a. 1999* d. All of the above* b. 1998 c. 1997 28. What YSGG laser dentist published the first-ever d. none of the above laser crown preps in late 2002? a. Dr. William Chen 20. Is the YSGG laser able to reduce or eliminate the smear b. Dr. Mark Colonna* layer associated with traditional rotary instruments? c. Dr. Howard Farran a. Yes* d. Dr. Sascha Jovanovic b. No 29. True or false. Lasers cannot cut reflective material such 21. How often can hard tissue procedures be completed as amalgam or porcelain. with the YSGG laser without the need for injected a. True* anesthestic? b. False a. Never b. Very Rarely 30. The ADA published a survey that reported what c. Rarely percentage of patients think it at least “somewhat d. Most of the time* important, important, or very important” that a dental practice own a dental laser? 22. What are some advantages for using the YSGG laser a. 12% for soft tissue procedures? b. 32% a. Little to no bleeding c. 52% b. Little swelling and minimal post-operative d. 82%* complications c. a & b* d. None of the above 23. What are some of the advantages of using a laser to shape and debride a root canal? a. Smear layer and debris are minimized in the canal b. Dentinal tubules remain free and open c. a & b* 24. What soft tissue procedures has the YSGG been cleared for? a. Treatment of aphthous ulcers b. Treatment of herpetic lesions c. Leukoplakia d. All of the above* 25. What oral surgical procedures has the YSGG been cleared for? a. Frenectomy b. Implant uncovery

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